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Fat nation: deciphering the distinctive geographies of obesity in England

Moon, Graham, Quarendon, Gemma, Barnard, Steve, Twigg, Liz and Blyth, Bill (2007) Fat nation: deciphering the distinctive geographies of obesity in England Social Science & Medicine, 65, (1), pp. 20-31. (doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2007.02.046).

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Much attention is focused on obesity by both the media and by public health. As a health risk, obesity is recognised as a contributing factor to numerous health problems. Recent evidence points to a growth in levels of obesity in many countries and particular attention is usually given to rising levels of obesity among younger people. England is no exception to these generalisations with recent studies revealing a clear geography to what has been termed an ‘obesity epidemic.’ This paper examines the complexities inherent in the geography of adult obesity in England. Existing knowledge about the subnational geography of obesity is examined and assessed. Multilevel synthetic estimation is then used to construct an age–sex–ethnicity disaggregated geography of obesity. These differing geographies are compared and contrasted with preexisting findings and explored at multiple scales. A complex picture of the geography of obesity in England is revealed.

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Published date: July 2007
Keywords: obesity, multilevel modelling, age–gender disparities, geographical inequalities, UK
Organisations: Economy Culture & Space, PHEW – P (Population Health)


Local EPrints ID: 55412
ISSN: 0277-9536
PURE UUID: 700bed22-8974-4b63-b2fa-4916d686fba6
ORCID for Graham Moon: ORCID iD

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Date deposited: 31 Jul 2008
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 14:33

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Author: Graham Moon ORCID iD
Author: Gemma Quarendon
Author: Steve Barnard
Author: Liz Twigg
Author: Bill Blyth

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